“Tyre pressures feel okay.”

Observers say it all the time, ‘Vision up. Look as far as you can see and scan back.’ Well I’m currently looking at June! July is just over the horizon, a little blurry from where I am now but that’s the earliest we can realistically expect to restart observing and social rides.

So scanning back from June? Well, as I’m not going out, I have a lot more time on my hands so my Honda Transalp will benefit from a deep clean, full service and a tune up, there’s plenty of time. I have no idea what I’m doing although I do have a Haynes Manual, YouTube and a few tools. More importantly I have all of you! When I finish changing the brake fluid, and the levers feel spongey, and I ask for help, I can expect two things. A lot of piss taking and some first class advice which I will thank you for in advance now. Cheers.

So, while you are grounded and your bike’s not moving, get the tools out, know your POWDERS, get that bike in tip top condition for when we ride again! Don’t worry about not having done it before, you have plenty of time to figure it out and the Forum can answer your questions.

What else? Planning. Vision up and a riding plan. The Committee and Observers are working on plans to be ready for the restart. A massive thanks to them again for all their work. But I’m also planning the rides I want to take myself. I’m currently looking to find some good routes to the Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg and more locally some alternative routes to and from Burnham-on-Crouch, a part of Essex we don’t visit too much. Google Street View is proving to be a great help for the local roads but this site https://www.bestbikingroads.com/ has been fantastic for helping to plan those European trips!

Lastly and by far the most important is coping with corona. Some of us are essential workers, others self-employed and can’t work. There are challenges for everyone at the moment so…

  1. Support each other and stay in touch on social media.
  2. Help. Can you deliver medication to the ‘at risk’ or collect their shopping?
  3. Stay healthy. Do some exercise – or buy bigger leathers!

Here’s to looking forward!


Anthony joined ELAM in 2014 on a Honda Varadero after riding for just six months. Since then he’s had two Z1000sx, one of which he still has and he also owns a Transalp. After passing his test he’s led a few social rides, become a LO, treated himself to a few track days and several tours of France. Since 2018 he’s been our Group Chair and now our newest NO.